ISO 14001 certificate – BSI
The ISO 14001 certificate shows that LCL’s environmental management system complies with international environmental legislation. In addition, we continue to make constant efforts to reduce our ecological footprint. We obtained the ISO 14001 certificate by focusing, among other things, on:
- continuous monitoring of power consumption to detect unnecessary energy consumption;
- cold corridors for efficient and local cooling of the servers;
- 100% green electricity;
- Providing NOVEC 1230, an ecological extinguishing gas that is harmless to humans and the environment;
The ISO 14001 certificate was issued by BSI.
ISO 50001 certificate – BSI
LCL Wallonia One’s ISO 50001 certificate for energy management underlines LCL’s drive to explore more sustainable practices. It aligns with our dedication to decarbonisation and our active role in the net-zero transition. ISO 50001 is more than a certificate; it is a commitment to a sustainable ethos. This pursuit adheres to the Trias Energetica principles, emphasising the reduction of energy consumption, integration of renewable energy sources, and optimisation of fossil fuel use.
The certification process encompasses:
- Energy impact assessments.
- A continual improvement process focussed on the energy efficiency.
- Compliance audits.
- Internal process audits.
- The appointment of a dedicated energy coordinator
The ISO 50001 certificate was awarded by BSI.
Climate neutrality of data centers by 2030
LCL Data Centers has signed the Climate Neutral Data Centre Pact (CNDCP). This pact was adopted following a self-regulatory initiative, in collaboration with the European Commission. It supports both the European Green Deal, which aims to make Europe the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050, and the European Data Strategy, which aims to make data centers in the EU climate neutral by 2030.
LCL is committed on a voluntary basis to become climate neutral for all its data centers by 2030.
European Code of Conduct for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres
LCL Data Centers supports the Code of Conduct for Energy Efficiency in Data Centres in the European Union. This is a voluntary initiative that brings together stakeholders willing to commit to comply with this code of conduct.
The aim of the code is to inform data centers about their energy consumption and to encourage them to reduce this consumption. In our case, this initiative is part of the extension of the European Green Deal, which we fully support.
Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)
The objectives of the Science Based Targets initiative are established on a scientific basis and are aligned with what the most recent climate study considers crucial to achieve the goals of the Paris climate agreement – namely limiting global warming to well below 2°C or even 1.5°C. Small, medium and large companies from a variety of sectors can join the SBTi and set an achievable, science-based target to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions.
LCL has joined the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from its data centers and thereby fight global warming. LCL has therefore embraced the SBTi’s most ambitious target: we will strive to keep the average increase in global temperatures below 1.5°C.
Voka Charter Sustainable Entrepreneurship
LCL has received a GO from the independent evaluation committee for the submitted Voka Charter for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Action Plan 2023. With this, LCL commits itself to carrying out 13 actions linked to the seventeen Sustainable Development Goals of the UN within a period of one year.
The Voka Charter Sustainable Enterpreneurship is a useful tool to help you shape and structure sustainability, and to work towards a continuous improvement of your social, economic and environmental efforts.
LCL has become a member of The Shift vzw/asbl, a Belgian network platform focused on bringing together organisations that are committed to sustainability and making a positive impact on the planet and society. Being a part of The Shift provides LCL with the chance to collaborate with like-minded organizations, share knowledge, learn from best practices, and work together on initiatives that promote sustainability, such as obtaining B Corp certification or setting ambitious Science-Based Targets (SBTi). This membership can contribute to LCL’s efforts to a more sustainable future.
ODE is the sector organisation for renewable energy in Flanders (Belgium), working towards a 100% renewable energy system. ODE brings together companies, knowledge centres, universities and organisations to engage in advocacy and knowledge exchange. ODE is the voice of the sustainable energy sector in Flanders. LCL became a member of ODE in 2023 because of our interest in renewable energy as well as our interest in signing corporate PPAs.
As part of our commitment to society, our people and the environment, LCL Data Centers will complete a thorough assessment of its business sustainability practices every year through EcoVadis, the global standard for business sustainability ratings. The EcoVadis assessment includes 21 sustainability criteria across four core themes: Environment, Labour & Human Rights, Ethics and Sustainable Procurement. After our first assesment, which was completed on 14 December 2023, we earned a Gold medal and scored 71/100, which places LCL Data Centers in the top 7% globally of companies in the Telecommunications Industry.